On May 1, 2021, Zanzibar acquired a new owner and the shop at 315 N Ronald Reagan Blvd in Longwood, FL became known as Two Bell's Cafe Co. Since we get asked about the name so much, here is the story about the name and the owner.
Maribel (the first of the two "Bell's" - the other is her little rescue pittie named Bella, who she had to leave with her family) was living in Chicago, working as a Management Consultant. Her clients were primarily entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses, which as you know, were the hardest hit by the pandemic. Prior to that, she worked for herself and one of the four major consulting firms for over 15 years then she decided she had enough experience to take her own advice and pivot careers for the third time.
After shoveling a great deal of snow, and struggling through the extreme Midwest temperatures, she decided this would be the final year she would engage in such endeavors. She called her financial advisor, packed her belongings and decided to live her retirement dream (albeit prematurely), eager to get back to working with customers in a community she enjoys where she can make a difference - even if only a small one.
She has a sibling who is a long-time Floridian who helped her navigate this very different way of living. In the meantime, she is eager to begin this new chapter in her life as a restaurateur.
As of May 1, 2021, we have a new owner. The first of the two "Bel's" that comprise our name, moved from Chicago on April 30, 2021 and took over Zanzibar. The first order of business was giving the shop a makeover to better reflect her personality and vision -- providing interesting pieces from her personal art collection and returning the place to "the" community hangout it was once known for.
Ultimately, she hopes to replace her existing art with contributions from members of the community and local universities. This way, they can display and sell their art in a space that serves as an art gallery alternative while they generate discretionary income.
If you are interested in displaying / selling your art, please contact the store at (407) 335-4989 or email samples for review at info@firstname.lastname@example.org.